Grant set to help BART Charter Public School share info with traditional public schools
ADAMS — The Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School has received a $244,070 grant to collaborate with traditional public schools in Adams, Cheshire and North Adams.
The goal of the collaboration is to share BART's data-based approach to middle school mathematics teachers, allowing them to better track student performance and, ultimately, support better student outcomes.
The grant was announced on Friday by BART, which has long partnered with the Harvard University's Graduate School of Education and the Data Wise project.
"BART teachers have learned to use the data cycle, Data Wise, and expertise of the Achievement Network (ANet) in the years since to help them collaboratively measure student performance and continuously improve learning among our middle school students," said BART Executive Director Jay White in a statement.
The grant will allow BART, which implemented the data program nearly a decade ago, to share its processes and best practices with North Adams Public Schools and the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District.
"The Massachusetts Dissemination Program is a fantastic means for us to share what we are learning with our colleagues in the North Adams and Adams-Cheshire school districts," White added.
Both North Adams and Adams-Cheshire are within BART's charter and many of its students choose to attend the charter school.
"I also believe that developing common practices across our districts will benefit the students because we are all serving the same population," stated Adams-Cheshire Superintendent Robert Putnam.
North Adams Public Schools had already received preliminary training on the Data Wise program in the spring, according to Superintendent Barbara Malkas.
"We saw this grant opportunity as a means of expanding the use of data-informed decision-making in our schools and in a content area for increased student achievement," Malkas stated.
The grant was applied for by BART and awarded through the Massachusetts Dissemination Program for charter schools, which provides funding to allow charter schools to share the educational techniques they've found successful with traditional public schools.
Seven schools across the state were awarded grants, which will be administered over a two-year period.
White, Malkas, and Putnam could not be reached for additional comment on Friday.
Reach staff writer Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376 or @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter
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